From 1841 to 1992 Punch
was the world’s most celebrated magazine of humour and satire. From its early years as a campaigner for social justice to its transformation into national icon, Punch
played a central role in the formation of British identity – and how the rest of the world saw the British.
The fully text searchable online archive of Punch ─ Punch Historical Archive 1841–1992 ─ is available for scholars, students and the general researcher to explore. The archive is an unrivalled resource for researching and teaching 19th and 20th century political and social history on key themes such as World War I and World War II; Wars and Conflicts; Colonialism, Imperialism and End of Empire; Impact of New Technology and Modernity; Public Health, Conservation and Environmentalism; Social Change; and The Role of Women.
- Approx. 7,900 issues (200,000 pages) from all volumes of Punch between 1841–1992
- Includes Almanacks and other special numbers, as well as prefaces, epilogues, indexes and other specially produced material from the bound volumes
- Images originally published in full colour appear in full colour in the archive
Enhancing teaching, learning and research value
Gale, part of Cengage Learning is pleased to be collaborating with Liverpool John Moores University on the transcription of the Punch
contributor ledgers from 1843–1919. With contributions to the magazine unattributed to 1902, information from the ledgers will be incorporated into the Punch Historical Archive
, allowing users to identify contributors and better understand the nature of the magazine and the Victorian periodical press.
The intuitive online platform offers users multiple search paths including:
- Basic search
- Advanced search by index types: article title, keyword, entire document, caption or contributor
- Limit searches by publication date, article type, illustration type or special issues
- Browse by issue, special issue or contributor
- Research tools include specially commissioned essays by scholars
- All articles and image captions are fully text searchable with hit term highlighting
Academic Advisory Editor: Dr Clare Horrocks (Liverpool John Moores University)
Project Advisors: Helen Walasek and Andre Gailani (Punch Ltd)
Punch Historical Archive 1841–1992
is part of the Gale NewsVault
programme. Gale NewsVault
delivers the definitive cross-searching experience for exploring Gale’s range of historical newspaper collections, including The Times Digital Archive
, Picture Post
and The Listener
. Providing access to over 11 million digitised facsimile pages, and more than 400 years of content, Gale NewsVault
provides an unparalleled window to the past.Gale NewsVault
is available to all Gale historical newspaper collection customers now,
at no additional charge, enabling users to cross-search all of the Gale
newspaper collections held by your institution.Email us
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